Patrick Kane’s numbers not exactly super
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com February 12, 2012 7:34PM
2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition
Updated: March 14, 2012 8:13AM
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane knows Superman hasn’t shown up since the All-Star break.
Kane had hoped the All-Star game would be a turning point. But he has a goal and three assists in six games since the break.
Kane’s overall numbers (45 points in 56 games) raise concerns about his health. He had surgery July 19 to repair a scaphoid fracture in his left wrist. He insists it hasn’t been a factor, although it still requires care.
“Throughout the whole season, the wrist has been there,” Kane told the Sun-Times. “It has its good days and its bad days. But other than that, there’s only bruises. No sickness. Nothing. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen the way you want.
“[The wrist is] something I definitely I want to work on and get better. I’ll probably work on it a lot more in the offseason. We’re always doing stretches and massaging it, making sure it’s not getting any worse.”
Kane won’t use it as an excuse.
“My shot feels great to be honest with you,” Kane said. “My hands and everything still feel the same as they used to. . . . I feel like the game is there, the chances are there, the puck possession is there. I just have to put a few more on the board.”